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Full text of "WADCO news 1920-1923"

WADCO 




NEWS 



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Volume 2 



Plainville, Mass., Aug. 18, 1921 



Number 15 



Chicago's $50'0Q00Qes Municipal Pier 




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rENDINO 3£Q0 FEET INTO LAKE MICHJ 

Swept By Coot Breezes 



Pagent of Pkogkess Building. Chicago 



Exhibit of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Receives Favorable Comment 



The booth of the Whiting & Davis 
Co. at the Pageant which closed Aug. 
14th, was a most attractive one and 
elicited praise from the thousands 
who attended. A great amount of 
work was necessary to install the ma- 
chines and get the booth in shape but 
it was time and money well spent, 
judging from the interested crowds, 
especially was this so when the ma- 
chines were making mesh. 

There were only two jewelry ex- 
hibits. One by the Whiting & Davis 
Co. and the other by C. 0. Peacock of 
Chicago. This naturally focused more 
attention on the two booths than if 
other manufacturing jewelers had 
shown greater enterprise. There is 
no doubt but it pays to take an in- 
terest in such things. Approximate- 
ly 5000 Wadco's were distributed as 
souvenirs, many stopping to say a 



word with those in charge. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and Louise 
King were sent on from the factory 
during the Exhibit, which was in 
charge of the Company's Chicago rep- 
resentative. 

On display in cases were some of 
our finest mesh bags. This gave those 
who stopped an opportunity to com- 
pare mesh as we know it, with ring 
mesh used in armor in ancient times. 

Standing, was shown a suit of Ger- 
man plate armor, life size, while be- 
side it stood a sixteen-inch figure of 
a man clothed in sterling silver mesh, 
helmet, sword, leggins and shoes, 
these pieces being made specially by 
the Gold Department, and Hattie 
Coombs. It is Mr. Whiting's inten- 
tion to send this figure with armor on 
a trip around the country for adver- 
tising purposes. 



A LETTER FROM NAPLES 



Word has come of the surprise 
meeting on board the steamer Poca- 
hontas of Ralph and Winthrop, sons 
of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, and the 
terrible experience of the trip to Na- 
ples, Italy. Difficulty arose with 
strikers before sailing, the condition 
of the ship was bad, machinery break- 
ing down so often that suspicion was 
cast on some members of the crew, 
who were put in irons. 

Several times they were adrift for 
hours without means of propulsion, 
but were fortunate in having good 
weather. It was necessary to put in- 



to the Azores for temporary repairs. 
Going over, the fresh water gave out 
and the food ran short, the meat be- 
ing very bad, affected a good many. 
Winthrop lost 20 pounds in weight 
due to the trip. Great joy was evi- 
dent when Mt. Vesuvius was sight- 
ed, for the ship carried many steerage 
passengers whose plight was pitiable, 
due to the privation. The machinery 
of the ship is a wreck, necessitating a 
trip to the dry dock. 

The boys hope to visit Rome, Pom- 
peii and other places of interest near- 
by. 

Naples has thousands idle and hun- 
dreds of beggars. 



To Our Employees 



Do you realize that the Whiting & 
Davis factory is the only factory in 
this locality that is operating full 
time? If you do realize this fact, do 
you ever stop to consider why we are 
working full time in these days of 
general depression? The reason is 
that we have spent and are now spend- 
ing a large amount of money for ad- 
vertising and also for producing new 
goods and are taking the loss of many 
older goods in our stock in order to 
keep the wheels turning. In order to 
do this, and to provide you with work, 
production costs must be reduced. 

In Babson's August labor forecast, 
he states in part as follows: The 
great effort in all production work 
today is to turn out products at a low- 
er cost. Three lines must each con- 
tribute their quota to this end. First 
is, a reduction of profits, which our 
firm has already anticipated. The sec- 
ond is, to lower the cost of material. 
This has already been done in many 
lines. 

The third is a reduction in labor 
costs, which has been done in most 
factories (through the reduction of 
wage rates. We do not want, or do we 
intend, if we can possibly avoid it, to 
reduce wages, but we do want and we 
must have increased efficiency and 
employees must give us more for the 
money that we are paying them than 
they have in the past. In nearly all 
lines of industry there has been re- 
ductions in wages amounting from 15 
per cent, to 40 per cent. We hope that 
this will not come in our business and 
by giving this added efficiency w r e 
would certainly put off the thought of 
any changes and possibly bridge over 
the entire period of reconstruction. 
Agree with your foreman what a fair 
day 's work is and then give it to us to 
the best of your ability and according 
to the price you are receiving for 
your work. Cont'd page 2, col. 3 

Ralph is having the time of his 
life. They both hope to arrive in New 
York very soon. Mr. and Mrs. Mor- 
gan have six other children living. 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 



TOOL ROOM 



Published Semi-Monthly 

by Employees of Whitiug & Davis Co. 

Plainville, Mass. 

Publication Committee 

J. O. Gagnon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Higffins F. Gaddes 

O. S oderstrom Mina Simp son 
Editor . . H. B. Rowan 



THEN AND NOW 



Many days have come and gone 
since the smiths of old made mesh 
armor for use in battle. 

How interesting it would be if we 
could see them working in their way 
which was the hand method, fashion- 
ing the necessary parts. And the cus- 
tom in vogue then of the workers gen- 
eerally, or of apprentices, in particu- 
lar, in living with the master of the 
forge, really being members of the 
family and in many cases doing bat- 
tle and sacrificing their lives for him. 

How different the present with our 
immense factories, where we come, to 
perform our labor and yet I venture 
to say that without that loyalty and 
feeling of fellowship no organization 
can be successful. 



JEFFERSON'S RULES OF LIFE 



Never put off till tomorrow what 
you can do today. 

Never spend your money before 
you have it. 

Never buy what you do not want 
because it is cheap ; it will be dear to 
you. 

Pride costs us more than hunger, 
thirst and cold. 

We never repent of having eaten 
too little. 

Nothing is troublesome that we do 
willingly. 

How much pain have the ovils 
which have never happened cost us? 

Take things always by the smooth 
handle. 



"SOME FISH" 



Wife: "Are vou sure vou caught 
this fish?" 

Gayfellow: "Of course." 
Wife: "It smells very strong." 
Gayfellow: "Strong? I should say 
it was. It nearly pulled me over- 
board." 



Our Toolroom is specially busy at 
present in getting out jigs,fixtures, 
tools, etc., for the new samples. Ask 
Mr. Cheever how business is. He will 
tell you that he is buried in work and 
is wondering where the end of it all 
is. The machines used in the making 
of our mesh are built in the factory, 
which means with the improvements 
taking place continually, an immense 
amount of labor to be performed. 



A REALLY TRUE STORY" 



A young lady, finding herself with- 
out regular employment, was walking 
down Washington street, Boston, one 
day, stopping every now and again to 
admire the pretty things displayed in 
the shop windows; all the lime in the 
back of her head she knew her one big 
problem was to get a job. At last she 
came to a store which attracted her 
especial attention. The windows had 
been arranged by a masterhand. With 
a feeling of enthusiasm to buy she en- 
tered the store. Spying the manager, 
she approached him and said, "What 
wonderful waists you have here. Oh ! 
wouldn't I like to sell something like 
this! It would be the greatest fun in 
the world." The manager was some- 
what taken aback by the words. When 
he recovered his breath, he said, 
"Why, would you like to work here?" 
Right then and there they came to an 
agreement, and now the young lady, 
after several years of hard work, is the 
manager's assistant. 



SAFETY FIRST 



Chance takers and fools get hurt. 
Don't take a chance. 

Not since Time began was a man or 
woman, a boy or girl injured in an 
accident that he or she expected 
would happen. 

Accidents are always unexpected ! 

They always happen at the wrong 
time — sometimes to the wrong per 
son. 

Be careful! Never "take chances." 
You owe it to yourself and to the 
folks at home not to expose yourself 
to danger needlessly. There's never 
such a rush that you can't take time 
to be careful. 

He is free from danger who, even 
when safe, is on his guard. 



Cont'd from page 1, col. 3 
Mr. Babson also refers to the report 
of the so-called Hoover Committee of 
the Federated Engineers. This re- 
port has not as yet been printed, but 
it deals with the unnecessary waste 
which goes on in all factories. An ad- 
vance estimate gives this figure as 
over $5,000,000,000 a year, which is 
more than the entire cost of running 
our government at the present time 
and five times the pre-war cost of gov- 
ernment expenditures. If each and 
every person in this factory will treat 
the factory tools, machinery and ma- 
terial in the same manner that they 
would treat these items if they had to 
individually pay for them and own 
them, our waste would be minimized. 
At the present time, with the care- 
less manner in which much of our 
material is handled, our waste is 
enormous and we ask you to do your 
very best to eliminate waste and give 
us a full day's work for the full day's 
pay, so that we can go through this 
period with a record of not reducing 

pay. 

Will you not work with us with 
these objects in view? 
We thank you. 
(signed) 
WHITING & DAVIS CO. 

C. A. Whitino 



FILLING STATION GOSSIP 



Lew *McCall says that motorists 
who come through Columbus, en 
route for Kansas City, have about the 
following conversation when they stap 
at the filling station here: If it's a 
Cadillac, the driver says: "How far 
is it to Kansas City?" "One hundred 
and forty miles," is the reply. "Gim- 
me twenty gallons of gas and a gal- 
lon of oil," says the driver. Then 
conies a Buick and the chauffeur says: 
'•How far is it to Kansas City?" 
"One hundred and forty miles." 
"Gimme ten gallons of gas and a 
half gallon of oil," and he drives on. 
Along comes a flivver and the driver 
uncramps himself, grets out and 
stretches and asks: "How far is it to 
Kansas City?" "Oh, about 140 
miles." "Is that all? Gimme two 
quarts of water and a bottle of '3 in 
1', and hold this son-of-a-gun until I 
set it." 



Seventy-five of our rabid fans, 
headed by Higgins and Oscar Wal- 
den, the veteran player, alt ended the 
Boston-Pittsburg game Saturday. All 
are pulling for the Braves to win the 
pennant. 



WAD CO NEWS 



A RUSH OF SAMPLE MAKING 



It is safe to say that not for many 
years has so much activity been seen 
in the factory as regards the getting 
out of samples. Several distinctive 
lines have already been completed to 
tempt the buyer, with others to come. 
Many of the new samples as they are 
completed and carried through the 
shop elicit praise from the employees, 
who, one would suppose, had grown 
accustomed to mesh bags. This is a 
good sign for it shows what kind of 
a reception is to be accorded the line 
when shown. If, as has been said, 
"1921 will be a good year for busi- 
ness for those only who fight for it," 
then we are surely doing what we can 
in the organization to stimulate busi- 
ness with never a thought of how poor 
business might be. 



BE A BABE RUTH 



"Believe me, I'm hitting as many 
as I can. Every time I swing my club 
I put behind it all that I have got." 

He was answering the discreditable 
suggestion that his fortieth home run 
for the season made and his 1919 rec- 
ord passed, he had decided not to 
make any more home runs, so he 
wouldn't have such a hard record to 
shoot at in 1921. 

Babe didn't know that he was talk- 
ing about anything but baseball, when 
he said, "Everytime I swing my club 
I put behind it all I've got," But he 
way. He was expounding the whole 
ethics of service, the whole philosophy 
of success in life. There's a lesson in 
his saying for everyone who works 
whether at some beloved sport or not, 
or in service for another who pays a 
just wage for an honest day's work. 
When you swing your club put be- 
hind it all you've got. 

The lesson is especially adapted to 
us all in these days when they tell you 
more production is very essential to 
living the world back to normal con- 
ditions. When you tackle a job do 
you put behind it the best you've got, 
or are you content to get your bases 
on balls? Herein lies the test of real 
success, the chain of solid achieve- 
ment. 

When you swing your club put be- 
hind it all that is in you. It's the only 
way to make a home run. 




MIDDLEBORO NEWS 



Middleboro Girls 



Frances and Corina made up their 

minds 
That to Brant Rock they'd go. 
They dressed all up the way girls do 
In hopes to catch a beau — 

And it rained. 

Arriving there midst the tempest's 

wail 
Their courage well nigh spent. 
Two Coast Guards to their rescue 

came 
And provided a shelter tent — 

And it rained. 

Beneath this sheltering canvas 
They thought that they could hide, 
But in spite of all their efforts 
Their feet remained outside — 
And it rained . 

They roasted frankfurts by the yard 

On cans of "Sterno" heat. 

In the thunder's crash and lightning's 

flash 
Prepared a feast to eat — 

And it rained ! 

The neighbors thought the place on 

fire 
And some rushed forth to save, 
Then explanations were demanded 
From the Coast Guards, strong and 

brave — 

Then it rained! 

— Hattie E. Goodwin. 



We have heard of our chauffeur's ill- 
ness. 
Our sorrow is deep and sincere. 
We. are hoping he soon will recover, 
For we do miss his visits here. 



The vacation fever is upon us, 
And everyone who can 
Rushes off to the seashore 
To ecquire a coat of tan. 

Doris went to the mountains; 
Emma is down in Maine ; 
Aiice journeyed to Canada 
And now wears a ring so plain. 

Irene ran away to New Hampshire ; 
Dora was married at home ; 
Flossie decided Pocasset 
Was the very best place to roam. 

You see how our force is diminishing, 
Growing smaller very day, 
But we hope before long to see them 
Back in their places to stay. 



GET A GOOD START 



The fellow who starts out in the 
morning behind time, buckles a handi- 
cap on himself that follows him 
throughout the day. 

He is wrong himself — and when a 
man is wrong and knows it he is sure 
to diffuse a feeling of discomfort 
whereever he goes and leave its im- 
print upon the product of his hand 
and brain. 

People who get into the habit of be- 
ing always just a few minutes behind 
time go through life dragging the 
heavy chain of a disturbed existence 
behind them. 



MAKE THE FIRM SUCCESSFUL 



If you're working for a firm, work to 

beat the band. 
Make the firm successful. 
Just act as though the whole blamed 

thing was resting in your 

hands. 
Make the firm successful. 
Remember, work can harm you not 
So be Johnnie-on-the-spot, 
And let your every act and thought 
Make the firm successful. 
Just use your brain and plan to have 

each bit of work you do 
Make the firm successful. 
Remember, you yourself will be a 

huge success if you 
Make the firm successful. 
If you can't work the proper way 
Resign at once — this very day 
And thus itnwittingly you may 
Make the firm successful. 

—The Gimlet. 



-^^VtCAUGHT IN THE MESH*t5<^ 



A WORD TO THE WISE 



Men are prone to criticise the op- 
posite sex unjustly. Why isn't it just 
as proper for a woman to chew gum 
as it is for a man to chew tobacco? 
To see a woman smoke is a rarity, to 
see a man that does not is almost as 
rare. Most men consider women their 
inferior. If so why not set examples 
for them to follow? In reality they 
are man's superior in regard to hab- 
its. Men would profit greatly by re- 
fraining from their unjust criticism. 

Don't criticise gum-chewing. It is 
advantageous as well as disadvant- 
ageous. 

A girl masticating 15 cents worth 
of gum can't talk very much. It's 
as essential to a stenographer as oil is 
to an automobile. It would come in 
handy on rainy days to stop the leaks 
in the roof. 



A CASE IN COURT 



Magistrate: "Well, my man, what 
have you to say for yourself ? ' ' 

Prisoner : ' ' Don 't be hard on a poor 
man, yer honor. The wife and kids 
are starving or I wouldn't have stol- 
en that leg of mutton. Hadn't had 
nothing to eat for three days. ' ' 

Magistrate: "But the officer tells 
me yo'u keep three dogs. A man who 
can do that ,can't be starving." 

Prisoner: "Oh, well, if you expect 
we are goin' to eat dogs, I've got no 
more to say. What's the sentence? 
You might as well put me out of me 



misery 



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MARVELS OF WATER PRES- 
SURE 



An accident unlike anything else 
in nature can and often does happen 
to fish which live in the depths of the 
ocean. 

Down there, at 2500 fathoms depth, 
the presure is about two and a half 
tons to the square inch. It is a pres- 
sure so great that it will twist copper 
like paper and grind glass to a fine 
powder. 

If these deep sea fish, for any rea- 
son, come near the top their swim- 
ming gases expand and they cannot 
control themselves. They rise to the 
region of white caps and billows, be- 
ing killed by the change in the condi- 
tions surrounding them. Often deep 
sea fish are found floating dead on the 
surface of the ocean. 



VACATION SIDELIGHTS 

Erleen Parker on the farm. 
Ida Dumas far from home. 

Edith H. seen in Providence in 
Vange Gerard with her beau. 
Elsie Hemmingsen on the beach. 
Bud Kenyon with a peach. 
Helen in New York you see. 
Albert as lonesome as can be. 
Drew their pay before they went. 
Fine vacation they all spent. 



Rose G. was seen on Market street, 
Philadelphia, with that large box of 
bon-bons. You know, girls? 

Edith H. seen in Providence in 
company with a young man who 
sported a "Marmon." 

"FASHIONS TREND" 



Mosely's is some place. Ask Lillian 
J., who ought to know. Between that 
and her bathing suit she enjoyed her 
vacation. 



Elsie Q. is having a hard time 
choosing automobiles. During vaca- 
tion she had the pick of them all. I 
wonder if a "White" would suit her? 



Newport, N. H., is weeping over the 
loss of its friend, Lillian J. She at- 
tended a dance every night but one 
during her stay, but Lake Pearl was 
glad to welcome her back again. 



How eagerly milady scans the news 
columns to find the latest creations of 
designs in wearing apparel. You 
wlile notice there is nothing hap- 
hazard in , bringing forth their 
styles, to be correct it must be period. 
How essential to bear in mind that 
when one purchases a mesh bag it 
should be harmony with the dress 
and in keeping with the style period. 
Those responsible in the Whiting & 
Davis organization will see to it that 
the trade are advised what is proper 
for the present styles. 



MY AUTO, 'TIS OF THEE 



Oakland Beach was surely alive, 



as long as Isabel was there. 



Mrs. Mary Joyce is extending her 
visit to Pennsylvania for anotln r 
week. 



New York is a great place, but 
there's no place like home. How 
about it, Stella? 



Oliver was a little late in return- 
ing from his vacation, as he and his 
baby were too much taken up with 
blueberry picking. 



A mulatto hasn't anything on Ef- 
fie and Gene, but that's what you get 
from a vacation. 



Helen loves to tour in a Hudson, 
but — "give me my little Ford." 



How about that post card, "Al"? 
"\ours till Niagara Falls"? 



Molly preferred "Home Beach." 
I wonder why? Somehow that didn't 
agree wth her, for she returned on 
Tuesday, went home Tuesday noon, 
and hasn't been seen since. Rather 
lonesome working alone. 



My auto, 'tis of thee, short road to 
poverty, of thee I chant. I blew a pile 
of dough on you three years ago ; now 
you refuse to go, or won't or can't. 
Through town and countryside you 
were my joy and pride, a happy day. 
I loved the gaudy hue, the nice white 
fires so new, but you're down and out 
for true, in every way. To thee, old 
rattlebox, came many bumps and 
knocks ; for thee I grieve. Badly the 
top is torn ; frayed are the seats and 
worn ; the whooping cough affects thy 
horn, I do believe. Thy perfume 
swells the breeze, while folks choke 
and wheeze, as we pass by. I paid for 
thee a price; 'twould buy a mansion 
twice; now everybody's yelling 
"ICE" — 1 wonder why? Thy motor 
has the grip, the spark-plug 'has the 
pip, and woe is thine. I, too, have 
suffered chills, fatigue and kindred 
ills, endeavoring to pay my bills, 
since thou wert mine. Gone is my 
bank roll now, no more 'twould choke 
the cow, as once before. Yet, if I had 
the mon, so help me John, amen— I'd 
buy a car again and speed some more. 

Some fathers tie up the dog at 
night, and turn the bov loose. 



CHEWING GRASS 



Dorothy Belle could not resist the 
temptation to chew gum during vaca- 
tion. The girls asked her if she was 
doing it piece work. 



Do not chew grass ; it will cause 
bodily sickness. This is brought about 
by a parasite which adheres to the 
grass and creates a glandular infec- 
tion, which is very hard to ^t rid of.